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Innocents Abroad (Donít send Joe Biden to do Condi Riceís job. Plus: Frost is off the pumpkin.)
The American Prowler ^ | 2/2/2005 | The Prowler

Posted on 02/02/2005 10:44:31 AM PST by nickcarraway

UGLY AMERICAN OF THE WEEK

So much for Sen. Joe Biden's audition as a future Secretary of State. At least if you ask the Iranians.

Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Biden agreed to serve as a host and leading U.S. representative at a dinner with senior Iranian government officials. WEF staff contacted Biden's staff and said later that Biden or at least his aides took an active interest in coordinating the planning for the event.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was the highest-ranking Iranian official present at the event. Which is more than can be said for his U.S. counterparts; for the first hour and half of the dinner others had to lead the discussion, because Joe Biden was a mysterious no-show.

Just as well, because the evening never got on the right footing. Wine was served -- much to the outrage of the Iranian guests -- then all alcohol was removed. Soup spoons were removed -- not for religious or any other reason, apparently -- leaving guests to twiddle their thumbs while their soup got cold. Then it was discovered by the Iranians that the main course featured non-hallal meat.

And through all of this, there was no Joe Biden to calm nerves or build bridges.

"It was pretty bad from what we heard after the fact," says a U.S. attendee to the Davos conference. "Emotions were running extremely high. The Iranians felt insult had been heaped on insult. They were particularly offended that the hosts appeared to know so little about basic Islamic dietary law."

Once the serving miscues were resolved, it was pile on the Iranians time again, but this time dealing with the serious matter of Iran's nuclear weapons program, which Kharrazi predictably denied was a weapons program at all.

Finally, as the tense discussion appeared ready to, well, explode, Biden showed up with this wife Jill, who was dressed in what was described in press reports as "figure-hugging leather pants" and a tank top. Again, the Iranians, who no doubt ogled a bit, were insulted.

The dining disaster was the talk of Davos, though got comparatively little coverage here in the United States. "This kind of thing could have happened to anyone, but the fact that it happened to Biden is just too rich," says a Republican congressional staffer who traveled with his boss to Davos. "The Biden people were pushing this dinner as a very high profile thing, then all of sudden they are trying to kill any story they can."

FROST IS OFF THE PUMPKIN

With word leaking that former Rep. Martin Frost is pulling out of contention for DNC chairman, it appears that there is now little the anti-Howard Dean forces can do to prevent the former presidential candidate from taking the job currently held by close Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe.

Dean has been in the enviable position of being able to trot out new state endorsements just about every day for the past two weeks.

Once again, it appears that Frost, who was viewed as the best moderate alternative to Dean, was undone by his former colleague Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who actively made calls against Frost to a number of state Democratic Party leaders.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: biden; davos; iran; martinfrost; persia

1 posted on 02/02/2005 10:44:32 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
So much for Sen. Joe Biden's audition as a future Secretary of State.

That job is above his pay grade.

2 posted on 02/02/2005 10:47:44 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: nickcarraway

Is the same venue where diplomat extraordinaire Joe Biden said that both Iran and the US share the blame?


3 posted on 02/02/2005 10:48:57 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: nickcarraway
They were particularly offended that the hosts appeared to know so little about basic Islamic dietary law.

You know, hardly a day goes by that I don't ponder some point of Islamic dietary law. I feel it's my obligation.

Not.

4 posted on 02/02/2005 11:03:33 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: nickcarraway

Davos was truly a circus with all the usual clown acts.


5 posted on 02/02/2005 11:06:13 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: Semper Paratus

"That job is above his pay grade."

And intelligence level.


6 posted on 02/02/2005 11:10:16 AM PST by Bigh4u2
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To: Semper Paratus

I guess he won't be riding around in a limo


7 posted on 02/02/2005 11:13:20 AM PST by Citizen Soldier
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To: Unam Sanctam

Biden is about as dumb as a rock.


8 posted on 02/02/2005 11:40:21 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: nickcarraway

Dear Joe, take their money and spend it as you wish. That’s almost equal to the value mullahs have offered Iranian people by spending Iranian wealth on you and a 10,000-meter long list of garbage. But take your transparent for sale persona home and Shut up before you cause Iranian deaths, which make you exactly the same as mullahs, thieves and murderers.


9 posted on 02/02/2005 1:37:19 PM PST by Reza2004
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To: Semper Paratus

What an embarrassment. His wife's outfit alone was a terrible gaffe.

And .. these are the people who constantly tell us conservatives that we're not "sensitive" to others - or that we're not "tolerant" of other's beliefs.

WHAT A BUNCH OF LIARS!! No wonder the USA media didn't want to report this - BUT HAD PRESIDENT BUSH or DR.RICE DONE THIS - it would have been front page - headline - pictures, etc., and the partisan TV stations would have replayed it ad nauseum. We understand how the double standard works .. and the media's actions further prove their total bias against conservatives in general.


10 posted on 02/02/2005 1:39:29 PM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
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To: CaptRon

Ya know, its hard to figure how anyone could blow that one.

You tell the caterer "We're having some Mooselimbs over for dinner. Find out what they eat and serve it."

The only thing easier to avoid causing offense is the wife showing up in leather pants and a tank top.

Tell the wife "Honey, we're going to a nice dinner tonight. Wear a dress will ya. Oh yeah, while I'm thinking about it, some Mooselimb big shots will be there so make a little on the conservative side."

What a maroon.


11 posted on 02/02/2005 1:40:14 PM PST by Chuckster ("Silence is not golden. It is yellow" Senator Zell Miller)
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To: CaptRon

Ya know, its hard to figure how anyone could blow that one.

You tell the caterer "We're having some Mooselimbs over for dinner. Find out what they eat and serve it."

The only thing easier to avoid causing offense is the wife showing up in leather pants and a tank top.

Tell the wife "Honey, we're going to a nice dinner tonight. Wear a dress will ya. Oh yeah, while I'm thinking about it, some Mooselimb big shots will be there so make a little on the conservative side."

What a maroon.


12 posted on 02/02/2005 1:41:54 PM PST by Chuckster ("Silence is not golden. It is yellow" Senator Zell Miller)
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To: Chuckster

Doh!

memo to self: Hit the "Post" button only once.


13 posted on 02/02/2005 1:43:14 PM PST by Chuckster ("Silence is not golden. It is yellow" Senator Zell Miller)
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To: Chuckster
Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of them saying, "Hey, have someone find out what these Americans eat and we'll be nice guests and try not be our usual pain in the butt".

But Nnoooooooooooooooooooo, it's all about them.

When was the last time anyone saw any foreign dignitary go out of their way so as not to offend our sensibilities?.

14 posted on 02/02/2005 2:41:19 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: CaptRon

On the other hand, he could serve pulled pork sandwiches and beer and have Britney Spears or janet Jackson entertain.


15 posted on 02/02/2005 3:15:20 PM PST by Chuckster ("Silence is not golden. It is yellow" Senator Zell Miller)
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To: Chuckster; CaptRon
The only thing easier to avoid causing offense is the wife showing up in leather pants and a tank top. ---

Is there a picture of this?

16 posted on 02/03/2005 5:15:14 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: nickcarraway
wife Jill, who was dressed in what was described in press reports as "figure-hugging leather pants" and a tank top ---

Any pics???

17 posted on 02/03/2005 5:16:49 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: nickcarraway
Don’t send Joe Biden to do Condi Rice’s job.

Yeah. She is quite capable of pissing off the Europeans without any help from Biden or anyone else.

18 posted on 02/03/2005 5:16:58 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: beyond the sea

I did a quick search and turned up no pics of her of any kind.


19 posted on 02/03/2005 11:59:31 AM PST by Chuckster ("Silence is not golden. It is yellow" Senator Zell Miller)
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To: Chuckster
Guess what Joe Biden's middle name is......................!

Robinette

Cute, eh?

20 posted on 02/03/2005 12:16:12 PM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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